High Tech + High Touch Health Care

The co-hosted "High Tech + High Touch Health Care" series focuses on how technology can enable high touch care through the Liftoff PGH Regional Agenda’s six key objectives for health innovation.

The Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation co-hosted the series during 2021.

The webinar series began as special episodes of Business As Usual, and then featured special, unique shows that paired national experts with Pittsburgh innovators to explore how our region can continue to grow as a hub for health innovation and health tech entrepreneurship. These co-hosted webinars included live interactive discussion.

The webinar series launched in May 2021 featuring Pittsburgh Technology Council President & CEO Audrey Russo in conversation with healthcare and innovation experts.

New Perspectives on “Successful Maternity”: Ellen Beckjord
The first special "High Tech + High Touch Health Care" episode of Business As Usual. Enjoy a conversation with Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH, who oversees population health for UPMC Health Plan and its 3.5 million members. She is an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy where she teaches Population Health Management.

New Perspectives on “Successful Maternity”: Nicole Lambert
The second special "High Tech + High Touch Health Care" episode of Business As Usual. Enjoy a conversation with Nicole Lambert, President of Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, to learn about revolutionizing patient care with molecular diagnostic tests.

Digital Twin Technology: Prith Banerjee and Charles Fisher
Join Prith Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer at ANSYS and Charles Fisher, Founder and CEO of Unlearn.AI to discuss how Digital Twins, artificial intelligence, and machine learning simulate biology and improve the lives of patients. Learn from these world-renowned experts how Digital Twin technology is making clinical trials faster, more accurate, and more cost-efficient.

New Models of Primary Care: Andrew Moore & Dr. Tony Farah
Dive into the innovative partnership between Google and Highmark Health and their work to reinvent the health care experience and enrich the relationship between people and their clinicians. Andrew Moore, VP & GM of Cloud AI and Industry Solutions at Google and Dr. Tony Farah, Chief Medical & Clinical Transformation Officer at Highmark Health join Pittsburgh Technology Council's Audrey Russo for this visionary conversation.

High Tech + High Touch Health Care Podcast

Episodes now available on the Pittsburgh Technology Council's TechVibe Radio channel.

Episode 1: Seniors + Technology with Danny Rosen, PhD, MSW, professor of social work at the University of Pittsburgh and the founder of Wellbridge Health; and Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS, vice president for community services at UPMC Health Plan.

Episode 2: Technology Help Create High-Touch Solutions with Dr. Emily Jaffe, Vice President and Executive Medical Director for Highmark Home and Community Services;  Dr.  Eric Rodriguez, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine; and Dr. Judy Black, Medical Advisor for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

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Building on the goals and momentum from Liftoff PGH 2020, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation has partnered with FortyX80 to launch the one-year series with the Pittsburgh Technology Council.